5 Things Banks Don't Want You To Know

5 Things Banks Don't Want You To Know

Written by Caitlin Wood
Last Updated June 2, 2021

1. Brokers get special rates

This is a common occurrence and yet very few people know about it. While banks advertise their generic rates, in the background they reward mortgage brokers with exclusive products for the large amount of business they bring to the banks.

Banks like to reward mortgage brokers with better deals for their customers because mortgage brokers allow banks to save on costs. As mortgage brokers deal with the client, the bank saves on resources.

2. Bigger ain’t better

The large size of the banks does not mean better products, better customer service or better chances of being approved. Actually, usually it equates to the opposite. You see, the large, corporate nature of the major banks slows their processes down. They require a lot of extra controls when they distribute loans and so that results in bland, standardized products and little flexibility. In other words, their size doesn’t translate to better services.

3. Loyalty doesn’t pay

That’s right, that bank you’ve been visiting for the last 10 years every time you had to pay a bill or pull some cash out of your account will not reward you for your loyalty. Banks know that most customers don’t shop around, and the truth is that by not visiting the competition you are really limiting yourself. Well, banks take advantage of this and you can be sure that they wont give you the best rate available in the market: they’ll set you up with the highest rate they think you’ll take. After all, unlike mortgage brokers, banks make higher margins when they issue high interest loans.

We have an excellent piece on this subject available to you right here.

4. That great rate they advertise? It’s nice, but you can’t qualify!

Banks save their best rates for their mortgage brokers and high-caliber clients, and the rates they do advertise are extremely hard to qualify for. If you don’t fit directly into their mold, they are not going to qualify you for that great rate you want. Instead they’ll qualify you for a higher rate.

Of course this has to do with their qualification guidelines. But the point we are trying to advocate here is through the banks qualification is tough and getting what you want is even tougher.

5. Fees, fees and more fees

Maintenance fees, overdraft fees, statement fees, cheque fees, request fees, account review fees, online banking and access fees, there are all kinds of fees that a bank will charge you. Most of these are hidden, never mentioned to you at signing, and you never hear about them or even know of them until you’re charged with them.

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Caitlin Wood is the Editor-in-Chief at Loans Canada and specializes in personal finance. She is a graduate of Dawson College and Concordia University and has been working in the personal finance industry for over eight years. Caitlin has covered various subjects such as debt, credit, and loans. Her work has been published on Zoocasa, GoDaddy, and deBanked. She believes that education and knowledge are the two most important factors in the creation of healthy financial habits. She also believes that openly discussing money and credit, and the responsibilities that come with them can lead to better decisions and a greater sense of financial security.

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